Since 1954, our outdoor furniture has been inspired, designed and manufactured in the Drôme region with the aim of providing sustainable products.
Come and discover our production line behind the scenes, while getting to know our know-how and expertise. In the LAFUMA MOBILIER family, we present you the Tube Workshop! This is a way to bring you to the heart of our Drôme region production facility, and especially to get to knowthe men and women who make up LAFUMA MOBILIER.
Our teams in the Anneyron Assembly Workshop are responsible for joining the metal structure and the fabric by assembling all the components, which is an essential step! Every day, they witness the creation of our products. Structures, fabrics, armrests, headrests and plastic parts are the many elements that pass through their hands to offer you a finished product with a 5-year guarantee and Made in France. Today, the department is made up of about thirty employees.
Two thirds of the workshop area are dedicated to the assembly of the Relax and the Transat, as these are the two main product families that leave our workshops. The remaining part is flexible and allows us to assemble smaller series: Pop Up, Transabed, Bayanne collection... Each assembly unit is called an island.
Every year, 700,000 finished products leave our factory, including more than 310,000 Relax Zero Gravity and 200.000 Transats! In the high season, almost 1500 Relax and 1500 Maxi Transat daily leave the assembly workshop.
Four people work in pairs on each Relax island. The first two take care of the canvas assembly, where synchronisation and coordination are essential. Whether the canvas is clipped or laced, each person has their own style and comfort, a soft seat for the lace versus a firmer seat for the patented clips. The next pair of workers assemble the two parts of the chair and the armrests, then pack the finished product in a box that is labelled, wrapped and palleted. In order to facilitate the handling of the packed products, "pallet lifts" have been installed to allow palletising at man's height. As the pallet is filled, it is "lowered" into a pit so that it remains at ground level and the cartons can be deposited without having to carry them at arm's length. Once loaded, the pallet rises out of the pit to be wrapped and removed by a forklift operator.
The Transat island is designed for six operators who - thanks to the shrink fit system - slip the canvas onto the structure, attach the four-position safety racks, add the glides, attach the labels... A machine has been specially designed for this island. Semi-automated, it optimises the packaging: gluing and folding the boxes, packing in pairs, wrapping and palletising. It sounds simple, but it is quite complex and captivating!